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About Hives

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Hives, also known as urticaria, are red, itchy bumps on the skin caused by exposure to an irritant or allergen. The size and severity of these welts will vary, but they often migrate to various areas of the body and will usually go away within hours to days without leaving a scar. Chronic hives occur when welts are present for more than 6 weeks or recur frequently.

The common symptoms of hives include:

  • Patches of red raised welts on the skin
  • Itching
  • Swelling (also known as angioedema)

Hives can be triggered by all sorts of things. Exposure to an irritating substance (known as an allergen) will trigger your immune system’s allergic response, a release of chemicals called histamines. This reaction may result in hives and swelling.

Substances that may trigger hives include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold spores
  • Bacterial infections
  • Viral infections
  • Parasites or insect bites
  • Food allergies
  • Allergies to medication
  • Quick changes in body temperature
  • Sunlight
  • Alcohol
  • Allergies to latex or cleaning products

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, about one in five people will experience hives at some point in their lives. Only one in twenty will experience a case of chronic, or persistent, hives.

Hives rarely carry the risk of complications or more serious allergic reactions (such as anaphylaxis). If you are experiencing more severe symptoms of an allergic reaction like difficulty breathing, trouble swallowing, or dizziness, get medical help immediately.

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Most outbreaks of hives will go away within a few days after the reaction occurs. Medical treatment is rarely needed, but a doctor or health care provider may be able to provide recommendations for how best to treat hives at home. Below is a list of methods used to reduce the symptoms of hives. During your appointment, talk to your health care provider about what treatment plan is best for you.

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What causes skin rashes?

Skin rash is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of skin reactions. There are countless causes of skin irritation, and skin rashes may take a variety of forms. Most cases of skin rash result in skin that is itchy, red, swollen, scaly, dry, or blistering. The symptoms and appearance of a skin rash will often help determine the irritant causing the reaction. Conditions that cause common skin rashes include:

Sunburn: We've all been there. Prolonged exposure to UV rays from sunlight or sunlamps can lead to red, dry, hot, and blistering skin. Even your eyes can be burned by the sun, resulting in a gritty feeling, headaches, and eye twitches. After a few days, a sunburn will start to peel as the skin heals itself. There is no cure for sunburn, and symptoms usually dissipate within a few days, but you can use moisturizer and sunscreen to ease discomfort and prevent further damage.

Allergens: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis occur when the skin has an allergic reaction after exposure to an irritant. Poison ivy, sumac, poison oak, ingredients in creams or lotions, and nickel metal are all examples of irritants that may cause an allergic reaction. Eczema may also be caused by dry skin, genetics, or an immune system condition. Most allergic reactions result in itchy skin, red spots, and scaly patches around the affected area. Dermatitis on the scalp can cause dandruff and hair loss if left untreated.

Fungi: Fungal infections are skin diseases caused by fungi living on the skin. Common types of fungal infections include athlete's foot, diaper rash, yeast infections, and ringworm. These skin infections appear in warm, moist places and often occur as a side effect of poor hygiene. For instance, diaper rash is commonly caused by babies sitting too long in dirty diapers. Ringworm and athlete's foot are often passed through human-to-human contact with an infected person or a surface with fungi living on it. Fungal infections can lead to red rashes, itchiness, blisters, or peeling skin.

Bacterial infection: Bacterial infections occur when bacteria enter the body through a cut or scrape on the skin. Impetigo, boils, leprosy, scarlet fever, and cellulitis are common forms of bacterial infections. These skin conditions are highly contagious and may cause lesions that ooze, ulcers, itchy skin, and swelling. Scarlet fever can result in a fever, sore throat, and a red rash on much of the body.

Viral infection: Like bacterial infections, viral infections occur when a virus enters the body through a break in the skin (usually a cut or scrape). Viral infections may produce different symptoms, depending on the virus. Common viral infections of the skin include shingles, chickenpox, and warts. Shingles and chickenpox are caused by the same virus and result in itchy rashes, red spots, and blisters on the skin. Warts are caused by an infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV) and result in small, scaly bumps on the skin.

Chronic skin disorders: Conditions such as lupus, rosacea, and psoriasis are chronic skin disorders that may occur without cause, or as a side effect of an autoimmune condition. Lupus and rosacea result in red rashes on the cheeks and nose, while psoriasis produces red, scaly, and itchy skin on the scalp. These conditions can be treated, but not cured.

Dealing with itchy skin? Book an in-person or video dermatology consult on Sesame to talk with a real, quality dermatologist. Doctors on Sesame can address your symptoms, prescribe medication, and offer referrals if necessary. Save up to 60% on skin care when you book a visit on Sesame- no insurance needed.

Can allergies cause a skin rash?

Skin rash is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of skin reactions. There are countless causes of skin irritation, and skin rashes may take a variety of forms. Most cases of skin rash result in skin that is itchy, red, swollen, scaly, dry, or blistering. The symptoms and appearance of a skin rash will often help determine the irritant causing the reaction.

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis occur when the skin has an allergic reaction after exposure to an irritant. Poison ivy, sumac, poison oak, ingredients in creams or lotions, and nickel metal are all examples of irritants that may cause an allergic reaction. Eczema may also be caused by dry skin, genetics, or an immune system condition. Most allergic reactions result in itchy skin, red spots, and scaly patches around the affected area. Dermatitis on the scalp can cause dandruff and hair loss if left untreated.

Dealing with itchy skin? Book an in-person or video allergy/ dermatology consult on Sesame to talk with a real, quality dermatologist or allergist. Doctors on Sesame can address your symptoms, prescribe medication, and offer referrals if necessary. Save up to 60% on skin care when you book a visit on Sesame- no insurance needed.

What causes allergies?

Allergies happen when your body thinks that harmless substances, like pet dander or peanuts, are actually pathogens that could make you sick. When this happens, your body prompts an immune response - which causes the symptoms like itchy eyes, itchy or runny nose, and scratchy throat that make allergic reactions troublesome.

There is a wide range of things that can cause an allergy as well as a wide range of reactions you can get as a result. You may get hives from a drug allergy, an itchy tongue from a food allergy, sneezing from a pet allergy, or a cough from a mold allergy. Allergy triggers can come in many forms such as airborne particles like pollen or dust, or as a result of a sting.

Allergic reactions are one of the most common conditions allergists treat. These usually occur in the eyes, nose, throat, sinuses, lungs, and skin. Another common condition is hay fever (allergic rhinitis), which refers to allergic reactions that cause a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and itchy throat. These reactions are usually caused by an allergen like pollen, dust, or mold.

While many conditions like hay fever are the result of seasonal allergies and occur during certain times of the year, perennial allergies occur year-round. Asthma, for example, occurs when the airways in your lungs swell and inflame, which causes excess mucus and makes it hard to breathe. Allergens and irritants can also cause skin reactions like eczema (dermatitis) and hives.

How do I avoid allergies?

Your allergy will dictate how you avoid it. For example, if you have a food allergy your doctor might recommend that you read food labels before eating. Perhaps you're sneezing because of an indoor allergen, such as mold or dust mites. In that case, your doctor might suggest the use of a dehumidifier or air purifier. Seasonal allergies might lead you to check pollen counts in your area. The solution is closely tied to the type and severity of allergy you experience.

Is there a way to cure allergies?

The short answer is no. But your symptoms related to the allergy are treatable. Immunology treatments such as sublingual immunotherapy can help decrease or eliminate your symptoms. Whether it's a food allergy or seasonal allergies, Sesame clears your way to care. You don't need insurance to save on quality care.

If you are experiencing severe allergic reactions including mouth swelling, vomiting, hives, dizziness, or difficulty breath, you should dial 911. These types of side effects are often (but not always) caused by insect stings, medication, or food allergies. Anaphylaxis can be a life-threatening emergency, so don't wait if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

What is the best treatment for allergies?

Because allergies live on a wide spectrum, the best treatment for you depends on your particular allergy and the severity of your allergic response. Your allergist can help you determine what allergies you may have, and develop a plan catered to what is right for you. Some treatments options include:
- Over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicines such as antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, eye drops, or a combination of OTC medications
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Acupuncture
- Avoiding triggers


Knowing what you're allergic to is half the battle. In order to determine your triggers, your allergist may recommend skin or blood tests. Once identified, your allergist can help you find ways to best avoid the allergens and can offer treatment options specific to your individual case. Book a virtual allergist consult through Sesame and receive quality care by a licensed professional at a fraction of the cost. Know your price. On your schedule. Yep, it's really that simple.

What helps relieve allergies fast?

Different types of allergies call for different types of treatment. Hay fever treatment may involve allergy medication such as corticosteroids or eye drops, but you might not treat insect stings with the same medications. Depending on the severity of the insect sting allergy, you may need to keep epinephrine with you at all times. Connect with a doctor on Sesame to learn more about what triggers your allergies and how to treat them.

What are the benefits of allergy treatment?

Allergy treatments can help you manage or eliminate symptoms related to allergies. Allergies occur because of the over-production of antibodies by your immune system. An allergist can help you determine what allergens cause your immune system to overreact and, with proper treatment, get back to living the life you want to live without the fuss of allergies.

What allergy treatment options can an allergist provide?

Though it is best to speak with an allergist for medical advice regarding your particular allergy, there are a few widely accepted allergy testing and allergy services available to keep in mind when looking for an allergy doctor. These include:

- Skin allergy test: This could be in the form of a prick test, a scratch/scrape test, a patch test, or applying the allergen directly to the skin.

- Blood test: Sometimes a skin disease can prevent a skin test from providing accurate results. A blood test can be used to confirm a skin test result.

- Provocation test: A test that applies an allergen in varying amounts to the mucous lining of the nose to see if you have allergies such as hay fever (allergic rhinitis).

Is there a difference between an allergist and an immunologist?

Allergists and immunologists are almost the same thing!

Allergists and immunologists are both trained in internal medicine and to diagnose and treat allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system. Though allergists focus closely on treating allergic diseases, while immunologists specialize in disorders of the immune system, the two specialties have a lot of overlap. They are also certified by the same regulators--the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Can doctors on Sesame treat anaphylaxis or other emergency allergic reactions?

No. If you are having symptoms of anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, please call 911 immediately.

Anaphylaxis is a rare and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction caused by certain triggers like insect stings or food allergies. Common symptoms, which appear within seconds or minutes of exposure, include rash, vomiting, diarrhea, or shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these fast appearing symptoms seek medical attention immediately.

What is dermatology?

Dermatology is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on the skin, hair, and nails. Doctors of dermatology (dermatologists) specialize in treating conditions that affect these parts of the body, including skin diseases and some cosmetic conditions.

Conditions that dermatologists treat include:
- Acne
- Melanoma (skin cancer)
- Psoriasis
- Eczema
- Dermatitis
- Hair disease/ hair loss
- Rosacea
- Moles
- Canker sores
- Vitiligo

What does a dermatologist do?

Dermatologists are highly specialized medical doctors who are trained to treat conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. They can specialize in several dermatologic specialties, including:

- Pediatric dermatology: Pediatric dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating skin conditions in children. They treat conditions like birthmarks, warts, eczema, or psoriasis.

- Dermatopathology: Dermatopathologists are doctors who specialize in both dermatology and pathology. This means they are trained to examine biopsied parts of the skin and write a biopsy report to determine the possibility of skin cancers (such as melanoma) or skin disease (such as impetigo, vitiligo, or warts). Some dermatopathologists undergo special training to be able to perform Mohs surgery, a precise technique used to get rid of skin cancer cells. The dermatopathologist uses a scalpel to remove cancer on the skin, as well as a thin layer of skin below. Once removed, this tissue is taken to a laboratory for analysis. This analysis helps the dermatopathologist determine if all the cancer cells from the skin have been removed, or if further surgery is needed.

- Cosmetic dermatology: Cosmetic dermatologists are doctors who specialize in aesthetic skin care, treating conditions including acne, wrinkles, sagging skin, or varicose veins. These doctors are trained to perform cosmetic procedures like filler injections for sagging skin, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peels.

Dermatologists must complete 4 years of a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school, an internship, and a 3-year residency. After finishing their residency, a dermatologist can complete an exam to earn certification from the American Board of Dermatology. Board certification ensures that the dermatologist has the expertise and qualifications necessary to treat conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.

What kind of skin conditions can doctors treat over video?

Doctors on Sesame can provide a range of dermatology services for a range of skin conditions over video including dermatitis, eczema, rashes, warts, acne, and more. To make the most out of your video visit, make sure you have a strong wifi condition or any photos you can share with your doctor that will help them diagnose or treat your condition. Keep in mind that your doctor may recommend in-person follow-up care, especially if you have a severe condition, need a biopsy, or require more extensive screening.

What is the fastest way to see a dermatologist?

If you are experiencing an urgent skin condition that requires immediate attention, book a video visit with a real doctor in Portland, OR on Sesame right away. If your skin condition is not urgent, or if you prefer to see a dermatologist in person, book your next appointment through Sesame.

Doctors on Sesame can treat common skin conditions including:
- Rashes
- Burns
- Atopic dermatitis
- Bug bites
- Cold sores


Dermatologists generally treat chronic and long-lasting skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, warts, and skin cancers. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, it is recommended that you book a video dermatology consult through a telehealth platform like Sesame.

Can I consult a dermatologist online?

Yes! Sesame offers a wide range of telehealth options, including video dermatology consultations for new and existing patients. Connect with a real, quality doctor on Sesame today to book a personalized visit that can help with skin conditions and skin care treatment plans.

Dermatologists that offer video dermatology services on Sesame can help treat:
-Acne
-Eczema
-Rashes
-Psoriasis
-Rosacea
-Nail conditions (such as infections and injury)


Sesame works with doctors to set prices directly on the site, so you pay one affordable price upfront without worrying about co-pays or surprise bills. Book an online visit with a top-rated health care provider or skin care specialist on Sesame for up to 60% less than what you'll find anywhere else. Video dermatology services on Sesame make it easy to regain control of your skin and get the skin care you need on your busy schedule.

If you are experiencing severe skin issues, or require skin cancer treatment, such as a biopsy, you may consider booking an in-person office visit with a dermatologist on Sesame. Search for the type of care you need, compare prices, and book a visit at your convenience.

Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

Nope! Some insurance networks won't cover a dermatologist visit without the referral of a primary care physician, but in most cases, you do not need a referral to see a dermatologist. You do not need a primary care physician's referral for cosmetic dermatology, for instance. Cosmetic procedures such as Botox, chemical peels, and fillers are elective, so all you need to do is get in touch with a cosmetic dermatologist to set up a consultation.

Sesame makes it easier than ever to get in touch with a board-certified dermatologist or skin care expert. Whether you are experiencing urgent skin care problems (such as a rash, contact dermatitis, or bug bites) or want a consultation on acne, Sesame offers affordable and convenient visits with doctors in Portland, OR. Simply search for the care you want, compare prices, and pay upfront. No insurance needed. Book a visit today and save up to 60% on your next skin care visit.

What are the benefits of video dermatology consult?

Video dermatology consultations help patients address skin conditions without the hassle and stress of office visits. Video consultations mean no wait times, no crowds, and visits on your own schedule. Video dermatology consultations can help patients get medical advice and treatment plan options for conditions such as:
- Acne
- Eczema
- Rashes
- Psoriasis
- Rosacea


In some cases, follow-up visits may be required. Depending on the severity of the patient's skin condition, or if there is a risk of skin cancer, your dermatologist may request an in-person face-to-face office visit to get a skin sample or a biopsy.

What is loratadine?

Loratadine - often sold under the brand name Claritin - is a medication used to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies in adults and children ages 6 and older. Loratadine is what’s known as a “non-sedating antihistamine,” which works by blocking a natural substance (histamine) that causes allergic symptoms. You do not need a prescription to use Loratadine.

Allergies are very common. More than 50 million Americans experience them - and the runny noses and sore throats that come with them - each year. Allergies occur when your immune system gets confused and overreacts. In some cases, your body erroneously thinks that seasonal irritants, like pollen, for example, are harmful attackers and triggers an immune response to fend them off. A natural substance in your body called histamine induces this response.

What is loratadine used to treat?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved loratadine to relieve the symptoms of hay fever (allergy to dust, pollen, or other particles in the air) and other allergies such as dust mites, animal dander, and molds. These symptoms may include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, and itching of the nose or throat. Loratadine can also be used to treat the itching and redness of the skin caused by hives (which doctors sometimes call urticaria).

How does loratadine work?

Loratadine is a non-sedating antihistamine. Antihistamines work by completely blocking the effects of a substance called histamine in your body.

Histamine is released by your body when it detects something harmful, such as an infection. This causes your blood vessels to expand and your skin to swell, which helps to protect the body. When people have allergies, the body mistakes harmless particles in the air - like animal hair, pollen, or dust - for a threat and releases histamine. This flood of histamine causes unpleasant symptoms like itching, sneezing, and a runny nose. Blocking the release of histamine helps to relieve these symptoms.

Loratadine is a second-generation antihistamine. Second-generation antihistamines are more selective about which receptors they block and do not cross the blood-brain barrier. This helps to reduce or eliminate adverse effects like sedation while still providing relief.

How long does it take for loratadine to work?

Most people will feel the effects of loratadine within the first hour of taking it and will experience at least 24 hours of symptom relief with a single dose.

What are the most common side effects of loratadine?

While there are some common side effects associated with loratadine, it is important to remember that your doctor prescribed this medication because they believe that its ability to control your allergies outweighs any adverse effects it may cause.

You may still experience some common side effects, though. These can include:

  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Nosebleed
  • Sore throat
  • Mouth sores
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Nervousness
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Red or itchy eyes

Call your doctor if any of these side effects are severe or if they do not go away.

Stop taking loratadine and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing

This is not a complete list of loratadine side effects. For more information on adverse effects you may experience while taking this drug, visit the National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed webpage.

What is cetirizine?

Cetirizine is an over-the-counter medication used to relieve allergy symptoms, such as runny nose, sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, and itching of the nose or throat.

Millions of Americans suffer from allergies every year. Allergies happen when your immune system gets confused. In some cases, your body may mistake harmless substances - like tree pollen or dog fur - as dangerous invaders. In this case, it may trigger an immune response to fend off the mistaken threat, causing you to feel many of the symptoms that make allergies a pain.

Tired of itching your eyes, blowing your nose, and clearing your throat? Talk to your doctor about whether cetirizine may be right for you.

What is cetirizine used to treat?

Cetirizine has been approved by the FDA to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hay fever (allergy to dust, pollen, or other particles in the air) and other allergies like dust mites, animal dander, and molds. These symptoms tend to include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, and itching of the nose or throat. Cetirizine is also used to treat the itching and redness of skin caused by hives.

How does cetirizine work?

Cetirizine is a non-sedating antihistamine. Antihistamines work by completely blocking the effects of a substance called histamine in your body.

Histamine is released by your body when it detects something harmful, such as an infection. This causes your blood vessels to expand and your skin to swell, which helps to protect the body. When people have allergies, the body mistakes harmless particles in the air - like animal hair, pollen, or dust - for a threat and releases histamine. This flood of histamine causes unpleasant symptoms like itching, sneezing, and a running nose. Blocking the release of histamine helps to relieve these symptoms.

How long does it take for cetirizine to work?

Most people will feel the effects of Cetirizine within the first hour of taking it and will experience at least 24 hours of relief with a single dose.

What are the most common side effects of cetirizine?

Cetirizine is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effects are drowsiness, fatigue, dry mouth, and dizziness. Rare but serious side effects include severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, itching, and hives. Seek medical attention right away if you experience any allergic reactions or unusual side effects.

Ask a doctor before use if you have liver or kidney disease, or if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant. Be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery after taking Cetirizine. Consumption of alcohol or other downers may increase the likelihood of drowsiness when taking Cetirizine.

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